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Keeping active during the coronavirus outbreak

We know that spending this much time at home can be very stressful and frustrating for you and your family. But there are some good ways to help keep everyone at home upbeat and healthy.

A little physical activity can go a long way in helping everyone’s physical and mental wellbeing. As an added bonus, it will also help use up some of that extra energy your kids might be building up.

Staying active indoors

Getting active outdoors is as important as ever for our physical and mental wellbeing. But spending more time indoors doesn’t mean you have to sit still either. There are lots of ways to make sure you’re staying active. You can create a whole range of indoor activities using things you already have at home. Screen time can even help you get active. We’ve put together a list of handy tips for making sure everyone in your home is keeping active during this difficult time but really, there’s no end to the things you can get up to.

Help getting active

We’ve all been limited in what we can do and see over the last year, but this summer there are events and activities for your kids to enjoy no matter where they are. Have a look at our Get into Summer page and find out what’s happening in your area.

Tips for staying active indoors

Worried about disturbing the neighbours?

Difficult times like this can bring communities together, and because you've been spending more time at home, you may be seeing more of your neighbours than you used to. And they may be hearing more from you!

If you’re worried about disturbing the people around you, it’s best to tackle it head on and talk to them. They can’t expect your children to be silent all the time, so try and reach a compromise so that you don’t disturb them at certain times of day, for example, when they’re trying to sleep or have important work calls.

Kids always fighting?

If they’re fighting with their brothers or sisters, check out our page on managing multiple children for some tips on keeping the peace. Our page on activities for multiple children also has ideas for ways to keep the busy!

Tips for older children

Getting older kids active may not be so easy if they’re determined to stay stuck to their screens! To motivate them, suggest activities that they’re likely to enjoy or be good at, and let them choose how and when they exercise, so they feel they’re in control of the situation. But these ideas aren’t just for the kids – adults can join in too!

Exercise tips for older children

Exercising outside during the coronavirus outbreak

No matter what level your area is in, you and your family can always go out to exercise, as long as you are all symptom free and have not been told to isolate as a close contact of someone with coronavirus. Local walks, runs, or bike rides as a family are great ways to keep active. Just make sure you maintain physical distancing and wash your hands on your return. If you want to exercise with other people, you can find the latest guidance around meeting up with other households here.

You can find more ideas for outdoor games here, while our page on sport, play and children's activities has more information on activities run by clubs and other organisations.

We know this situation is difficult, but it’s not forever. And remember that following these rules will save lives.

 

Can we take the kids to a play park?

Yes. Our page on sport, play and children's activities has tips on how to use play parks safely.